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Group: Working Dogs (Group 5)
Club: Working Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 5)
Contact: Julie Burnett
Phone: 9557 3905

About the Pumi


Background The Pumi is one of the lesser-known breeds, perhaps because of its rustic appearance. The breed evolved in Hungary during the 17th and 18th centuries by crossing the Hungarian Puli breed with prick eared shepherd dogs imported from France and Germany. It was first mentioned by name in 1815, but it was not until the 1920s that it was recognised as a distinct breed. The Pumi is a herding dog of the terrier type. His character made the breed a fine watchdog in remote areas, suitable for herding larger types of animals, especially for mustering large cattle.

Average Lifespan Average lifespan is approximately 12-13 years.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament It is an excellent companion and sporting dog. It is an energetic, excitable, lively herding dog. It has a restless temperament and is rather noisy. He is always active, has a keen nose and ready for duty. However they have a tendency to wander looking for action. It is a noisy, barking breed, excellent for guarding the home; equally it enjoys living in luxury. Alert, watchful, energetic and wilful, ready to spring at the slightest noise, the Pumi is an ideal guardian. This is an intelligent breed that is not difficult to train. It is affectionate with its master and when at home surrounded by familiar faces, it is a happy, cheerful fellow. They are a little shy, suspicious and rather mistrustful of strangers. A well brought up and socialised Pumi will get along with children as long as the children do not pester it. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.

Compatibility with other pets Can be compatible with other dogs and family pets and therefore needs to be correctly socialised.

Care Requirements Regular clipping and grooming is required.

Ideal Owner/s This breed requires owners who are active and involved in dog sports, as it needs a lot of exercise. The Pumi is not a town dog and not recommended for apartment life, but will be happiest where it has work for it to do. As a working dog, the Pumi is multi-functional dog. If it is to live in an urban environment then you must find replacement activities to keep it occupied. The Pumi will enjoy playing catch, chasing Frisbees, and will excel in agility skills classes. It is an outdoor dog and will be at its best living on a farm.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Pumi and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

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